Current Offers and Opportunities for Travellers: TRAVEL OFFERS, FLIGHTS & HOLIDAYS

My favourite flight search engines - plus package holiday offers / searches

Why do I like these 'flight checker' search engines so much?

Mainly because it's irritating to be confronted with a form which asks "when do you want to fly?" My answer is usually a despairing "I don't know! I want to fly when it's cheapest - that's what I'm here for!"

I want to specify '7 days either side' (at least!) - and to be offered flights from all my most accessible airports. Ideally I'd like suggestions for when to fly, and where to go (but only for destinations that appeal to me) to get the best possible value for money.

Happily, flight checking websites have started making it a whole lot easier to search for 'alternative dates' - and some - like - do much more . . !

THE CHEAPFLIGHTS FLIGHT SEARCH ENGINE

The cheapflights.co.uk search engine is great - it seaches lots of different airlines and it allows you to enter 'flexible dates' as well as 'specific dates', and to specify your destination country rather than a specific destination airport if you wish. However, it fails to match skyscanner's efficiency because you need to specify a departure airport (which usually means making multiple searches to cover a single destination) - and the results are less current than skyscanner's. Some of the cheapflights results are with phone-only agents - you can't verify the prices online.

THE SKYSCANNER 'FLIGHT CHECKER

The Skyscanner 'Flight Checker' rounds up flight prices from lots of airlines - including many budget airlines, although EasyJet is not participating at the time of writing.

MY FAVOURITE
FLIGHT SEARCH ENGINES!

SKYSCANNER

If the search panel doesn't load, click to visit the Skyscanner Cheap Flights Search



Cheapflights.co.uk (below)

Cheapflights.co.uk

EXTENSIVE FLIGHT SEARCH!
click and wait (15 secs) - it's worth it!


Skyscanner searches for all the cheapest flights:

  • By day, by month or by whole year
  • From any (unspecified) airport in any country, OR from a specific airport
  • To any (unspecified) airport in your destination country, OR in the whole wide world!

That's right - you aren't limited to searching for one destination at a time!

Which is the cheapest destination to fly to in my time range?
Amazingly, Skyscanner is the only flight search engine I know of that will tell you where to fly to take advantage of the cheapest flights, within your limitations! A remarkable and incredibly valuable feature, don't you agree?

Tied to one specific destination?
Skyscanner's could help you:

  • Find a cheaper destination airport which would allow you to 'tag on' a cheap internal flight (adding a final 'leg' on your journey) - in this case flying to the 'wrong' airport could pay off.
  • Use a budget flight might from a cheaper airport serving your destination (using a connecting budget flight)

DIY air-tours
The process of scheduling a multi-centre holiday becomes more cost effective with the quality and range of flight information is so easily accessible from skyscanner.

Can you believe it's free?? Amazing!
Long may the flight checkers continue!

OTHER WAYS TO SEARCH FOR FLIGHT / HOLIDAY OFFERS

You can also often search for flights from holiday companies with destinations in Egypt (see below). You might like to check on their holidays to Egypt and other holiday destinations - a great move.

FLIGHT NEWS

Jet2Holidays now flying to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt!

New carrier to fly from UK Midlands airport: Jet2Holidays adds New Airport

Jet2Holidays has added East Midlands Airport - EMA (Robin Hood Airport) to it's departures list. Hooray! That's my local airport! - and it will fly to Sharm El Sheikh for a nice beach holiday in Egypt!

The 7 new routes from East Midlands Airport are Lanzarote, Crete, Corfu, Turkey, Cyprus, Tenerife and Sharm El Sheikh.

New Jet2.com routes 2010:

  • Sharm El Sheikh
  • Lanzarote
  • Crete
  • Corfu
  • Turkey
  • Cyprus
  • Tenerife
  • Madeira
  • Tunisia
  • Reus (Costa Dorada)
  • Tel Aviv
  • Bergerac
  • Skiing destinations
  • Top European 'City Break' destinations

Jet2.com becomes largest scheduled carrier from Manchester Airport in 2010

Now Jet2.com now flies from 7 northern UK airports - Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Blackpool, East Midlands, Belfast and Edinburgh and will open new routes in 2010.
Jet2.com now flies to over 40 destinations across Europe and North Africa. In 2010 it will be the largest scheduled carrier from Manchester Airport, selling over 1 million seats.


Flight Network

Also see:
Flight Network Flight Network

WHAT'S YOUR ACCOMODATION STYLE?

What's your accomodation style? Four star hotel? Backpacker hostel? Whatever the package offers you? Leave it to chance and see what turns up? Anything afloat? All of them, perhaps! Here are some starting points:

HOTELS

Worldwide Discounted Hotel Bookings at Otel.com

PACKAGE HOLIDAYS IN EGYPT AND NILE CRUISES

Egypt: Cosmos offers for Travellers to Egypt - Flights, Package holidays and Nile Cruises

PACKAGE HOLIDAYS TO EGYPT

Hoardes of tour operators run Nile Cruises, city-breaks, 'sun-sea-and-sand' breaks to the Red Sea, Archaeological-interest trips to Luxor, Edfu, Aswan and the like, and various package holidays all over Egypt.

'Sun Sea & Sand' Holidays: Red Sea and Sharm el Sheikh

The main Red Sea resorts are Marsa Alam, Hurghada, El Gouna, Makadi Bay and El Quseir

Sharm el Sheikh has miles of beach, beautiful coral reefs and great facilities. Scuba Diving, snorkelling and other watersports are popular but you can also do horse or camel riding, desert safaris, ancient sites, shopping . . .
Sharm el Sheikh (Monarch)
Red Sea (Monarch)

'Themed' Package Holidays:

Special 'themed' packages are worth tracking down - for instance;
Cairo, historic Alexandria and the poignant World War II sites of Egypt (Cosmos)


HOLIDAYS ON THE NILE:
Nile Cruise Operators:

Cosmos Nile Cruises.

Nile Cruises - Note for Environmentally Conscious Travellers

More environmentally conscious travellers may prefer land-based holidays rather than Nile Cruises. But you don't have to forego the Nile experience. In Luxor you can hire a Nile boat or a felucca for an hour or two, which allows you to cruise the Nile in much more romantic style!

You could also look for a holiday on a traditional dahabiyya (dahabiya) - highly expensive but extremely atmospheric!

"VERY CHEAP HOLIDAYS", ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSFERS?

The Co-op's 'Very Cheap Holidays' is an online travel agency which - hopefully - does just what they say on the tin! They aim to sell cheap holidays, all inclusive holidays, cheap accommodation and cheap transfers.

The holidays are fully financially protected as part of the Freedom Travel Group / Co-operative Travel Group.

FLIGHTS TO EGYPT WITH MONARCH

Egypt: offers for travellers - Monarch Holidays


Useful 'Egypt Guide' and Regional Guides to Aswan, Cairo, Luxor, Red Sea and Sharm El Sheikh can be viewed on the Monarch website, with destination maps, reviews of holidays and accommodation, and videos.
The links above will search Monarch's cheap flights, and you can look at their 'two centre' holidays in Egypt and Nile cruise holidays, as well as other holidays, hotels & villas in Egypt.

AIRPORT PARKING

AIRPARKS Discounts on Airport Parking

from only £2.99/day
(best price guarantee)
Save up to 60%!

Simple website booking (3 easy steps)
- on-site, off-site, meet and greet parking
airport hotels with / without parking.

Example:
Parking at Gatwick in the summer costs
from £4.50/day
or ~ £30 for a week
for advance bookings

Airport Parking for Air Travellers affected by Volcanic Ash

Airparks were proud of their customer service during the volcanic ash travel difficulties. Their 'volcano update' says that they allowed FREE overstays on parking 'during the volcano crisis' and that they brought in extra staff to cope with excess arrivals. Let's hope they keep it up if necessary.

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